Bad boy Barton is back. Perhaps so, but two wrongs don’t make a right.
Watching the footage over and over, it seems debatable as to whether Gervinho dived. Certainly it’s difficult to imagine he would have gone to ground quite so quickly had such a light tackle come in on the halfway line.
Apologists for Gervinho will argue that he was provoked. Indeed he was. But so was Barton when Song viciously stamped on him and miraculously avoided a straight red.
In the final analysis, it might benefit both sides to focus on playing better football. It wasn’t a bad game, but with so few decent attempts on goal by either side, Newcastle at home lacked bite and Arsenal look mentally fragile. Butwho could blame them?
Nasri & Fabregas are gone yet judging by his comments after the game, Arsene Wenger appears not have been told.
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